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Assessment Hearings in Preston


Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Two public hearings concerning assessments for St. Paul St. improvements and the North Industrial utility improvements were held on November 3 during the Preston City Council meeting. Only one property owner attended the hearings.

St. Paul St.

Brett Grabau, Stantec, presented numbers on the St. Paul St. (County State Aid Highway 17) improvements first. Two different assessment areas were noted. Root River Bridge to the Main St. intersection had more extensive work done, including new concrete curb and gutter, sidewalks, and driveway aprons. The mill and overlay is considered maintenance, so for that there is no assessment. Improvement costs for this area totaled $93,684.89 and will be assessed at a rate of $33.87 per frontage foot (the estimate had been $35-$45 per foot). This total amount doesn’t include the project costs for which the county is responsible.

The second area from Main St. to Fillmore St. had significantly less work done, as only portions of concrete curb and gutter, sidewalks, and driveway aprons were replaced. Property owners will only be assessed for improvements made adjacent to their property. Therefore, there will be six separate assessment rates ranging from $6.28 to $25.11 per assessable frontage foot.

The city pays 60 percent of street improvement costs with 40 percent being assessed to property owners. The city pays 50 percent of sidewalk improvement costs with 50 percent being assessed to property owners. The city pays 100 percent of utility trunk main improvements and 100 percent of mill and overlay improvements.

No comments were made by the public. A resolution adopting the assessment roll for St. Paul St. improvements was approved. The interest rate for property owners who choose to pay their assessments in annual installments is expected to be 3.74 percent.

North Industrial Park

Grabau explained that this is an expansion project to extend utilities to two parcels north of Highway 16, west of Highway 52 and those just south of Highway 16, west of Highway 52. The total cost for these utility improvements is estimated to be $264,205.12, which is slightly under early estimates. The water utility will be oversized to accommodate future expansion at a cost of $5,914, which will be paid by the city utility. State funding through the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) will cover $140,000 of the project c .....
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FCHS to host financial aid/college information night

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central High School will be hosting a Financial Aid/College Information Night on Tuesday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school media center. A representative from St. Mary’s University in Winona will be here with a financial aid pr ..... 
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Fillmore Central students prepare for college

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

With the first quarter of the school year already gone, some Fillmore Central High School students are making plans for their futures. At the school board meeting on October 28, Principal Heath Olstad stated juniors would be attending a college f ..... 
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The Preston High School class of 1949 celebrated their 65th reunion on September 18

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The party was hosted by Ila Mae Olstad at her home in Preston. Assisting serving a delicious dinner were Marie (Ila’s daughter) Shirley (daughter-in-law), and Sue (like a daughter). It was a beautiful day filled with lots of reminiscing. 1st Row ..... 
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Fillmore Central High School Band

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Congratulations to the following Fillmore Central High School band students on being selected to the 2014 Three Rivers Conference Honor Band: Kaitlyn Aug, bass clarinet, Katie Tammel, horn, Courtney Schroeder, horn, Sara Schultz, clarinet, Anna Chri ..... 
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Preston maintains favorable rating

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the Preston city council’s October 20 meeting, the sale of a general obligation bond was approved to finance utility extensions and improvements for the Industrial Park. Councilmen David Harrison and Charles Sparks were absent. Mike Bubany, D ..... 
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Country Coffee Talk - Egg Coffee

By Jeanette Schmidt

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Columnists

It’s that time of the year when you wouldn’t have to cook for at least a month….church dinners, church dinners, and did I mention church dinners. There’s Ham and Meatball, Salad Luncheon, BBQ & Hot Dogs, Pork Dinner and, of course, the infam ..... 
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Letter about Miner for Sheriff...

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, The time to elect our next county sheriff is fast approaching. I hope that people will take a good hard look at voting for Brian Miner to fill that position. For over 20 years, Brian has served the people of this county with fairne ..... 
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Letter about serving Fillmore and Houston Counties...

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, It’s been a privilege to serve the residents of Fillmore and Houston Counties. Over the years, I’ve worked hard to increase funding for local schools and rural nursing homes, improve our economic development and our agricultura ..... 
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